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I got a email from Gmail as follows:

Someone has your password

Hi,
Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your Google Account ******@gmail.com.
Details:
Monday, October 5, 2015 10:15 PM (West Africa Standard Time)
Lagos, Nigeria*
Google stopped this sign-in attempt, but you should review your recently used devices:

REVIEW YOUR DEVICES NOW
Best,
The Google Accounts team


I looked under REVIEW YOUR DEVICES NOW

I see a device logged in to my account from SAN GABRIEL, CA

I live in Michigan.

I changed the password and logged out of all the devices from Gmail.

This is scary. I don't how much info was taken from my account.

I am wondering if they could have downloaded all my email.

Any input is appreciated.

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I got a email from Gmail as follows:

Someone has your password

Hi,
Someone just used your password to try to sign in to your Google Account ******@gmail.com.
Details:
Monday, October 5, 2015 10:15 PM (West Africa Standard Time)
Lagos, Nigeria*
Google stopped this sign-in attempt, but you should review your recently used devices:

REVIEW YOUR DEVICES NOW
Best,
The Google Accounts team


I looked under REVIEW YOUR DEVICES NOW

I see a device logged in to my account from SAN GABRIEL, CA

I live in Michigan.

I changed the password and logged out of all the devices from Gmail.

This is scary. I don't how much info was taken from my account.

I am wondering if they could have downloaded all my email.

Any input is appreciated.

First step is to ensure the email is genuine and not a phishing attempt to get your password by making you think someone got your password.



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First step is to ensure the email is genuine and not a phishing attempt to get your password by making you think someone got your password.



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Assuming it's genuine you should assume the worst. Change the password, double check secondary email forwarding, and change all passwords on all accounts.

I use a password manager so use very complex and unique passwords for every site.

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Assuming it's genuine you should assume the worst. Change the password, double check secondary email forwarding, and change all passwords on all accounts.

I use a password manager so use very complex and unique passwords for every site.

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Looks like it is genuine. I did change the passwords on all accounts.


What kind of Password Manager do you use? Thanks

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Looks like it is genuine. I did change the passwords on all accounts.


What kind of Password Manager do you use? Thanks

I use KeePass. But I think Lastpass is more popular.

What I like about KeePass is I can maintain the master file on Google Drive and then sync talk time between all devices, including android.

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If you can still access your gmail acct quickly change the password. Do not use the link in the email sent to you it could be phishing attempt. Secondly if you have not already setup a secondary email acct in your profile do so now. Thirdly setup your mobile phone as a way you can verify proof it is you to gmail support. A good password manager is roboform. You can setup a unique password with it and if put notes into the profile for later. This works on windows PCs I don't know about macs. If you do these steps you should be ok.

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If you can still access your gmail acct quickly change the password. Do not use the link in the email sent to you it could be phishing attempt. Secondly if you have not already setup a secondary email acct in your profile do so now. Thirdly setup your mobile phone as a way you can verify proof it is you to gmail support. A good password manager is roboform. You can setup a unique password with it and if put notes into the profile for later. This works on windows PCs I don't know about macs. If you do these steps you should be ok.

Thanks Bgmcm.
I did everything you suggested except roboform. I will check out roboform. I was looking at lastpass.

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LastPass got hacked I think. The best security is to write the password on a sticky note in doctor writing style.

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Hi vk I am glad that worked for you. Going forward if anyone has a problem like this and gets an email as you did please don't click the link in it just let the email serve as an indicator that something may have happened and they should immediately log into their email acct and start the steps outlined above. Yahoo email users have a similar security measure they could use to obtain the same results. I have received that type of email so I am speaking from experience . Also what is a good solution is to not use a second email from the same provider as your primary email provider. If you have an email from your isp then use it in conjunction with your securing measures.

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Google stopped this sign-in attempt

You're fine.

Change your password to something super secure, possibly 2 factor if you're truly worried.

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LastPass got hacked I think.

That's why I prefer KeePass, it's all locally stored -- nothing but my own equipment. Well, and my Google Drive account, but I consider that heavily protected.

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I would suggest KeePass as well, it's a great tool. Nowadays the number of login information you need to remember is just too much when you don't want to use the same password over and over again plus use a secure one, too.

The only thing you should make sure when using a master password to protect your password tool is that you have a way to regain it somehow, in case you forget it.

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Well, and my Google Drive account, but I consider that heavily protected.

Just a note, even if my Google Drive was compromised and someone got my key file, it would take them forever to brute force my key.

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The LastPass hack didn't affect anyone with a strong password.

Unless its a random sequence of upper case, lower case, symbols and numbers and a decent length, or 5-6 random non usual words with upper & lower case & symbols & numbers your password might not be as strong as you think.

Apparently these password cracking computers clusters can do 350 billion guesses a second.

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I am not sure how I feel about this...? Worried?

I mean, LogmeIn is great rdp software, the central admin works great, and hamachi is fantastic, but all of it is WAY overpriced for small business and I hope they dont redeploy LastPass as another pricey asset. It was born free and fully capable, and should stay that way.

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Like Mike, I've been using KeePass + Google Drive for a while now. Works very well.

If you want to lock down your Google account further then enable 2-Step Verification.

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